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  • School of Staff and Command (January - June 2018)

    Dates:

    January 29 - June 15, 2018.  Application deadline: November 17, 2017.

    Location:

    Classroom Location: Michigan State Police Academy, 7426 N. Canal Road, Lansing, MI, 48913.

    Description:

    This Michigan focused 400-hour problem-based course is learner driven through utilization of relevant, real-life, work based problems wherein each student is responsible for his/her own learning. Students work in collaborative learning groups with a maximum of six students and one instructor/facilitator per group. They are actively engaged in problem-solving, in-depth discussions, and critical thinking activities throughout the course. Concepts and skills, once introduced, will be revisited and practiced in more and more complex problematic situations as the weeks progress.

    Curriculum delivery uses a blend of classroom and cutting edge distance learning technologies. During the weeks of distance learning students are required to commit 40 hours per week which means being available between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday to complete a variety of course assignments that may include distance learning group meetings, field trips, and/or one-day classroom sessions.

  • Secondary Trauma and Self-care (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Friday, November 17, 2017.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location:

    Greater Lansing Association of Realtors®, 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    Secondary traumatic stress occurs because of exposure to the traumatic experiences of others. Professionals and other caregivers that are exposed to secondary traumatic stress can develop symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. This exposure results in adverse effects to the mind, brain and body. In this workshop, you will learn about these adverse effects from a physical and emotional perspective. You will discuss concrete intervention models and strategies that promote reduced anxiety and a sense of well-being for both the client and the helper. You will also learn mindfulness techniques and the importance of self-compassion. *Trauma Certificate Core Course

    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Self-care as Professional Self-investment: Mindful Self-care for the Prevention of Secondary Traumatic Stress (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    In this training, you will learn to define secondary traumatic stress and the conditions that may expose staff to secondary traumatic stress, and begin to assess your exposure to workplace conditions that may impact your mental health and heart-space. You will be able to identify supports and resources to improve your self-care as well as utilize self-assessment tools for reflection. You will utilize mindfulness techniques for self-care while addressing the holistic needs of the self. You will also be given an opportunity to learn how to assess your self-needs and will be provided resources on how to take care of yourself as a child welfare team member.This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Sharing the Burden of War: “Thank You for Your Service” Isn’t Good Enough (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, November 9, 2017.  1:00 pm - 4:15 pm.

    Location:

    East Lansing location TBA

    Description:

    The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are now our nation’s longest wars, with more than 2.7 million troops deployed to these combat zones since 9/11. With suicide now taking more lives than war, the time for human service professionals to share the burden of war has come. Through the sharing of personal accounts of war, you will gain a greater awareness and understanding of combat trauma, moral injury, and other invisible wounds. You will also experience an immersive style workshop that uses multi-model instruction. You will be provided with resources available to support veterans. *Graphic content warning*   Award-Winning Instructors

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Forums (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    MSU Union, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    This lecture series offers students, faculty, staff and the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format. The faculty panel will bring their unique research, teaching and writing experiences from a wide range of disciplines to explore contemporary and historical issues. Refreshments are provided.

     

  • Social Work Licensure Exam Preparation Course (October, December 2017)

    Dates:

    • October 6 - 7, 2017 (East Lansing, MI)
    • December 1 - 2, 2017 (East Lansing, MI)

    Location:

    • October 6 - 7, 2017: Michigan State University, Radiology Building Auditorium, 846 Service Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
    • December 1 - 2, 2017: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The 10-hour MSU School of Social Work course includes the following: Information-packed sessions focused on passing the licensing exam. Comprehensive reviews of social work practice, policy, and theory. • Comprehensive review books with practice questions and practice examinations. Comprehensive lecture outlines to reinforce learning. Practice examinations to sharpen test-taking skills by increasing speed and accuracy.

  • Sociology Colloquium Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    All Colloquium events are held from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.  Please see the websites below for a current schedule.

    Location:

    Room 457 Berkey Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    Each year, the Department of Sociology invites a number of guest speakers to present on their scholarship. Recent speakers have presented research on a variety of topics, including political sociology, race, gender, health, sexuality, and criminology.

  • Spartan Youth Programs Website

    Description:

    The Spartan Youth Programs Website is a catalog of the programs and activities MSU offers to preK through 12th graders on a variety of topics, including: agriculture; animal care; art, drama, and music; business; college preparation; computers; engineering; leadership skills; math and science; social studies; sports and fitness; and writing and language.

  • Supervisory Toolkit for Managing Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress (Child Welfare Leadership Course) (April, May 2018)

    Location:

    • April 19, 2018: Greater Lansing Association of Realtors® 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911
    • May 11, 2018: WMU Beltline Conference Center 2333 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    • May 31, 2018: VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

    Description:

    Child welfare supervisors can have significant impact on reducing and mitigating the level of stress their workers experience. A number of strategies and tools have proven effective. This training will explore the application of a range of supervisory interventions and tools that promote resilience and retention in child welfare staff. Strategies for engaging workers, assessing and understanding specific worker stressors, intervening at the organizational, team, and individual worker levels will be disseminated. Supervisor self-assessment and reflection, key ingredients for assuring that these interventions are effective, will be a focus of discussion.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Symposium on Multicultural Psychology (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 14 - 15, 2017

    Location:

    Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The 2017 MSU Symposium on Multicultural Psychology will focus on "Chinese Psychology: Current Theories and Models in Understanding 1.4 Billion People." This conference is part of the biennial MSU Symposium on Multicultural Psychology at Michigan State University.

  • Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children Lecture Series (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the website below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    MSU Law Building, Castle Board Room, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children is dedicated to bringing to the MSU Law campus a range of speakers who are experts in international human rights or humanitarian law, or who are particularly knowledgeable about one of the ongoing crises engendered by violations of such law.

  • Transnational East Asia Colloquium (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    January 23, February 9, March 1, April 10, and April 11, 2017.  4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Room 303 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    This colloquium, sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and other key supporters, is intended to deepen our knowledge of East Asia as a region from transnational perspectives by bringing outstanding scholars from around the world to the Michigan State University campus in the spring semester of 2017. Through lectures based on their cutting-edge research, these scholars will illustrate innovative ways to understand history, culture, society, as well as religion in East Asia beyond national and regional boundaries.

  • Understanding the Needs of Adopted Children and Families (May 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    The MTG Space 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    Experiences children and families have before, during, and after adoption impact how they approach treatment. Professionals who want to maximize their effectiveness with adoptive families need to have an understanding of the complexity of the adoption experience for children and families. This course will discuss the impact of the adoption process on children and families, common and lifelong issues that all adoptees and adoptive families face, and the trauma experience that adopted children and their families share. Trauma symptoms and the impact of trauma on the development of adopted children will be the focus as well as trauma-informed treatment strategies. In a case-driven experience, you will complete a trauma assessment and design trauma-informed interventions based on an adoptive family case study designed to present the unique needs and trauma issues that are common to adoptive families.
    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Use of Fairy Tales in Working with Children of Trauma (April 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    The Leona Group, 2123 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    The Brothers Grimm recorded original folktales that included incest and abuse of children, resonant themes for traumatized children. Fairy tales speak directly to inner pressures of children’s psychological and emotional sense of self in ways that children unconsciously understand. Fairy tales embrace the serious inner struggles of traumatized children and offer creative solutions to those difficulties. This empowers children, offers them a more secure sense of self, body integrity, and confidence. Understanding the nature of children’s enjoyment and use of fairy tales gives an appreciation for the needs and coping strategies of children to negotiate painful experiences, embrace relationships and find meaning in life. When children are told fairy tales, they are given permission to explore the dark side of their lives and find creative resolutions to their intense anxieties and concerns. Anxieties and their derivatives are often core conflicts addressed in fairy tales. Fairy tales, then, provide children solutions in a reassuring cohesive structure and predictable happy endings not often found simply through play. We will visit fairy tales and utilize discussion to highlight these themes for traumatized children.
    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Using Play and Expressive Arts Therapies to Work with Traumatized Children (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Friday, December 1, 2017.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    Location:

    The Leona Group 2123 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    This Ruth Koehler Endowed workshop will introduce Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy, a developmentally sensitive trauma model that translates evidence informed trauma interventions into fun, playful, and clinically sound play-based techniques. The model shows how to develop a bedrock of safety and nurture through the play environment that mitigates the family’s approach to hard content. Treatment goals will target enhancing safety and security, assessing and augmenting coping, soothing the physiology, creating trauma narratives through play and other expressive arts, and addressing cognitive distortions. You will leave with a better understanding of how to weave directive and non-directive approaches together while practically expanding their toolkits by dozens of interventions. *Trauma Certificate Elective Course* Lunch is included.

    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Visiting International Professional Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is a world leader in providing executive education and professional development training. We offer non-degree certificate programs and short-term workshops in any field. We connect you to the expertise of world-class faculty and resources at MSU and you will benefit from the distinct American Higher Education System without enrolling in a full degree program.

  • What Is Your ACE Score? Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experience (March 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, March 9, 2018.  1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

    Location:

    MSU Federal Credit Union 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Increasingly, we are beginning to understand the complex and prevalent effects of trauma on our population, in both children and adults. The examination of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) through the ACE Study is unique because it provides the potential to understand how multiple forms of childhood stressors can affect many important public health problems throughout an individual lifetime. ACEs can affect individuals, organizations, and communities across both public and private domains, in clinical, educational, and law enforcement settings. Understanding ACE effects can help us as professionals and individuals begin to work around a common goal of preventing the accumulation of ACEs and moderating their effects. In this workshop, you will learn about the ACE Study and the impact on oneself and the community. You will discuss the implications that exposure to trauma in childhood can have on your health. In addition, you will learn about the important connections between neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Working with Aging Transgender Individuals in Healthcare Settings (April 2018)

    Dates:

    April 20, 2018.  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Federal Credit Union 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Transgender individuals face numerous barriers to receiving sensitive, high quality healthcare services. In particular, elderly or aging transgender individuals may have unique health concerns and may be vulnerable to bias, discrimination, and other negative experiences in inpatient, long term care, or other healthcare settings. This workshop will highlight common concerns for aging transgender individuals seeking healthcare, as well as, what social workers can do to promote culturally sensitive practices in both clinical care and through improving organizational policies and procedures.

    Available CECHs: 2.0

  • Working With Parents Who Have Mental Illness: Helping Children and Families Learn, Understand, and Build Resilience (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    In this training, you will focus on understanding and working with families with a parent with a mental illness. The “insider” views and experiences of family members will be particularly highlighted, including how to talk to children about parental mental illness. You will also learn about creating a family psychiatric crisis plan as well as emerging programs to support families. This training will include one or more case examples, active discussions, and hands-on activities. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Workshop for Teachers of Chinese (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 22, 2017.  9:00 am - 2:30 pm.

    Location:

    MSUFCU Farm Lane Branch, Community Room, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    This one-day workshop for teachers of Chinese will provide information about best practices, teaching about culture, assessment, materials, and more. The workshop is free, though participant registration is required. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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